News & Events: Upcoming Events

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Mills River Partnership have been chosen as non-profit partners with Sierra Nevada for the USA Cycling National Cyclo-Cross Championship coming to the Antler Hill Village on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina in January.

As a partner, CMLC and MRP are responsible for volunteer recruitment at this event from Wednesday, January 6th to Sunday, January 10th, and we need your help to fill these positions! Volunteer shifts will be four hours long from 10am-2pm and 2pm-6pm Wednesday through Sunday. Right now, the only day that is full is Friday, January 8th. These volunteer positions will include beer pouring, ID checking, and money taking--specific tasks will be assigned the day of. Volunteers must be over 21 years of age.  

This is an amazing opportunity for CMLC and MRP and we hope you will come out and have some fun! As a non-profit partner, CMLC and MRP are receiving a portion of the beer sale proceeds, and we will also be able to have an informational booth at the event. This will not only act as a great fundraiser for us, it will be a chance to improve our outreach into the community.

Volunteers need not be CMLC members, and please feel free to bring your friends and family members to volunteer with you for this event! It will be a great time filled with a lot of action.

Contact for more details or to volunteer at this event. Please include the desired shift date and time, your name, email, and a phone number you can be reached at during the event for all potential volunteers. 

For general information on Cyclo-Cross as a sport, please see USA Cycling's website at





Join CMLC for the Holidays!

Volunteer for the Holiday Drop-In

CMLC is hosting its annual Holiday Drop-In for supporters, members, and volunteers on Tuesday, December 15th and we need volunteers to make the event a success! The Drop-In will be held at the Silver Fox Gallery in downtown Hendersonville from 4:30-6:30PM. 

Every year, the Drop-In just gets better and better, and we hope that this year is no different! To ensure the event goes off without a hitch, we are seeking anywhere between 12-20 volunteers to hold 1.5 hour shifts (or longer, if you'd like!). 

Volunteers are needed to help set-up and monitor the food bar during the event, to pour beer and wine, to greet guests as they arrive, and to help with clean-up immediately following the event. Please consider volunteering with us for this Drop-In--it'll be a lot of fun!

Additionally, if you're not able to help during the event, you can take part in Cooking for Conservation. CMLC is asking for volunteers to join in the holiday festivities by preparing an appetizer, finger food, or dessert or by bringing their favorite bottle of wine to share! RSVP to bring something by Tuesday, December 1st so we can ensure we have enough food for the event. Staff and AmeriCorps members will also be participating, and we are excited to share our holiday traditions with you!

For more details about the Holiday Drop-In volunteer opportunities or to RSVP to help, please contact Ericka Berg, the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at or by phone at 697-5777 ext. 211, or if you're in the CMLC office, just give her a holler!

Join us Wednesday, December 9th in welcoming NPS Ranger Margo Blewett to the CMLC Speaker Series. Blewett will present on the Overmountain Victory Trail, a 330-mile historical trail that crosses through Virginia, Tennessee, North, and South Carolina. The presentation will take place from 6:00-7:30 pm at Henderson County Public Library in Hendersonville. This event is free and open to the public

The Overmountain Victory Trail was used by a group of patriot militia, now called the Overmountain Men, in the Revolutionary War. The trail was used reach the pivotal Battle of Kings Mountain in 1870. Blewett will speak about the history of the trail, its creation as part of the National Trails System, and sites along the trail. The presentation will also include photos from the two-week reenactment of the March of the Overmountain Men that occurs annually. 

CMLC will also be hosting a Historical Hike at Alexander's Ford, a section of the trail, also led by Blewett. The hike will be the following Saturday, December 12th. Sign up now to reserve your spot on this members-only hike. Not a member? Support CMLC with an annual membership for you and your household. 

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For questions, contact CMLC Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at or call at (828) 697-5777 ext. 211

CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 28,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains. 

Interested in volunteering with CMLC? Come to a Volunteer Information Session!

Join CMLC's Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate (VCEA) on Tuesday, November 17th from 5:30-6:30 PM at the CMLC office located at 847 Case Street in Hendersonville, NC.

At the session, you'll take a tour of CMLC and meet staff, AmeriCorps members, and fellow prospective volunteers in the office. You'll learn all about CMLC, our mission, and how you can get involved through a short presentation given by the VCEA.

This information session can count as a volunteer orientation for new volunteers, so you'll be ready to get started!

Contact Ericka, the VCEA at or sign up online here if you'd like to attend this or another information session!


Join CMLC at Foster Creek Bog/John Humphrey Farm in Mills River for a day of volunteering on Friday, November 6th.

The farm and bog located in Mills River are owned by John Humphrey, a long time CMLC supporter and volunteer. The property is CMLC's first conservation easement and is a convenient volunteer site for people living in Asheville and Hendersonville. This property is beautiful and holds more ecological treasures than could ever be noted. 

The work day will begin at 9:00AM and end at 2:00PM. We will be using the cut-stump method to treat non-native invasive plants such as larger climbing oriental bittersweet and barberry. Additionally, there will be some hand-pulling of smaller invasive plants surrounding the bog. This work will allow for the precious bog ecosystem to flourish and will remove some of the non-native invasive plants smothering the fragile ecosystem. The work will be entirely outdoors and will involve long periods of standing, bending, stooping, and handling larger sections of invasive plants, including some with thorns. 

That being said, we will have drinks and snacks, and it will be a great time doing awesome work with a fun group of people, including CMLC staff, AmeriCorps members, and other volunteers. Please come out and get things done at Foster Creek Bog on Friday, November 6th!

If you are interested or would like further information, please contact the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at, at 828-697-5777 ext. 211 or click the VolunteerSpot link below!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

On October 25th, CMLC staff, board members, AmeriCorps Project Conserve members, and community volunteers are joining together to tackle 3 special projects in Henderson County. After a fun and meaningful day of service, CMLC is inviting everyone to join us back at our office in Hendersonville to celebrate our hard work and enjoy some refreshments and good conversation!

Make a Difference Day at Rhododendron Lake Park:

Rhododendron Lake Nature Park is a long term project for the town of Laurel Park, and the project is currently underway. Once completed, this area will be a community area. This project will restore native habitat through non-native invasive species removal. This work will be outdoors and will involve standing and bending for long periods of time and using hand tools such as loppers, hand-saws, pruners, and hatchets. There may also be some herbicide usage for chemical control of non-native invasive plants.

Make a Difference Day at Flat Rock Park: The Park at Flat Rock is a new community park located pretty close to the CMLC office! The park was once a golf course and has been reclaimed for public use. Currently, it offers a 1.5 mile loop trail, but there are plans for future trails and community spaces, including an interpretation center, open fields for recreational space, and observation decks through both bog and wetland ecosystems. For this project, we will be pulling, cutting and treating non-native invasive plants and overgrown vegetation surrounding native plantings. Work will be outdoors and is moderately strenuous, involving long periods of standing, bending, and using hand tools. Some volunteers may also be using power tools such as a string trimmer.

Make a Difference Day at Super-Sod Conservation Easement:

No more volunteer space left--The spots are all full for Super-Sod! Our volunteers are awesome! The Super-Sod property is a 335 acre property with a 3 miles buffer easement along the French Broad River managed by CMLC. This project will involve planting milkweed and other pollinator plants on the CMLC easement. Work on this project will be outdoors and will involve long periods of standing, bending, and planting. Be prepared to get dirty and maybe a little wet during the planting process! 

For more information or to sign-up, contact Ericka, the Volunteer and Community Engagement Associate at or go to our VolunteerSpot page below!


Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

Journey along the Appalachian Trail with CMLC on Wednesday, October 21st at the return of our Speaker Series. Local hiker, author, and CMLC Trails & Outreach Coordinator Peter Barr will present a slideshow movie featuring his AT thru-hike adventure. Peter hiked the 2,178-mile Appalachian Trail prior to joining CMLC's staff in 2010.  The event will be held at the Hendersonville County Public Library in the Kaplan Auditorium from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.

Peter Barr dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail since a family sightseeing trip to the Great Smoky Mountains at age 10. Ever since, he knew that he would return one day to that venerable path on a much longer journey--from Georgia to Maine. In 2010, Barr set out on an adventure to relocate from Charlotte to western NC and pursue a career protecting the landscape most dear to him--one that would ultimately bring him to CMLC. Prior to the move, he embarked on his dream of a 2,181 mile journey on the AT. Barr's hike included -100 miles of side-trips to peaks, waterfalls, views, and other points of interest. His movie slideshow of photos and video set to music features highlights from his 161 day adventure. Barr has hiked all 900 miles of trails in Great Smoky Mountains NP, reached the highest point in 40 US states and all 100 NC counties, and climbed the highest 200 peaks in the southern Appalachians. Barr is also the coordinator for the NC chapter of FFLA which seeks to preserve and restore historic WNC fire towers. His thru-hike raised funds to restore the Shuckstack fire tower on the AT.

The event is free and open to the public. The movie features photo slides and some video set to music that chronicles Peter's journey starting in Georgia and ending in Maine. The film runs 60 minutes and will be preceeded by a short talk and followed by discussion and questions.

Sign up to receive our bi-weekly e-newsletter The Holler and stay up-to-date on CMLC news and events!

For questions, contact CMLC Community Outreach Associate Corinne Fretwell at or call at (828) 697-5777 ext. 211

CMLC conserves land and water resources to benefit the quality of life of residents and visitors in Henderson, Transylvania, and surrounding counties. Since 1994, the land trust has protected more than 28,000 acres of natural lands in our mountains.

Join CMLC and the Children and Family Resource Center for Butterfly Bash in the Ironwood Arboretum behind CMLC on Tuesday, July 28th from 10 to 11:30am. This event is organized and planned by Megan Edwards, CMLC's Youth Leadership Intern for her end-of-term project. Thanks, Megan! 


The themed event will be for elementary-age children or younger and their parents, but of course, everyone is welcome! Activities during the event will include crafts, games, and lots of hands-on learning. For the grand finale, CMLC will release 2 Monarch Butterflies that have been raised in the office from eggs! 


For questions, email Megan Edwards or call the office at 828-697-5777 ext. 212.


CMLC is partnering with the Center for Cultural Preservation and David Weintraub for our June Speaker Series! 

Call of the Ancient Mariner, a new film by Hendersonville filmmaker David Weintraub, will hold its Hendersonville premiere at the Unitarian Fellowship in Hendersonville on Friday, June 12th.  The documentary wowed Charleston audiences last month when it played to packed houses and won Best of the Festival at the Charleston Film Festival. 

Mariner tells the story of man’s love affair with sea turtles that goes back since the dawn of time.  The film was shot throughout the Southeastern US and all of the original music was created by local WNC musicians.  In addition to offering audiences a chance to see a film that Charleston Film Festival director Paul Brown called “compelling” and “truly resonating with the audience,” the June 12th showing will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Land Protection Director Tom Fanslow from Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, and representatives from MountainTrue.  The film will be followed by a DVD Release Party in Fellowship Hall featuring musicians Carol Duermit and Michele Skeele as well as refreshments.  DVDs and T-shirts will be available for sale following the screening.

The Hendersonville debut will be held at the Unitarian Fellowship at 409 E Patterson St off of Kanuga Avenue at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 12th.

To order your tickets today, visit the Center for Cultural Preservation's Screening Page and choose June 12th or call the Center at (828) 692-8062.  Call of the Ancient Mariner is a production of the Hendersonville-based Center for Cultural Preservation and is co-sponsored by the NC Arboretum, WNC Nature Center, SC Aquarium and Turtle Hospital. Georgia Sea Turtle Center, MountainTrue, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, and the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

Get your hands dirty with CMLC, Carolina Mountain Club, and REI Asheville on National Trails Day, Saturday June 6th. Help build the new extension of the Little Bearwallow trail in the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge.
Spend a fun day in the woods while being part of constructing one of the region's newest and most exciting hiking trail systems. The new trail is a segment of the developing 15-mile Upper Hickory Nut Gorge Trail that will connect the grassy bald of Bearwallow Mountain to other conserved lands in the Gorge, including the scenic summit of Blue Ridge Pastures as well as CMLC's 600-acre Florence Nature Preserve.
No experience is necessary, but adequate physical fitness (for working in rugged terrain while using heavy tools) is required. Participants will receive a special edition REI volunteer T-shirt. Space is limited to 20 volunteers. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Workday will last from 9:00AM - 2:30PM. Wear long pants, long sleeves and closed-toe hiking shoes or boots, dress for poison ivy, bring work gloves, sun protection, water and snacks/lunch.
Registration via REI Asheville is required. Meeting information/directions can be found through the link below.
For questions, contact CMLC Trails and Outreach Coordinator Peter Barr at or 828-697-5777 ext. 215.

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